The call for healthier school travel

Categories: How To
Published on: February 27, 2016

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 27 February 2016

Much research has been done for the health and learning benefits of walking or cycling to school. It’s also shown that a significant “rush hour” traffic load is comprised of people driving kids to school, most often very short distances. Yet recently published research delves into the question of how harmful vehicle emissions are for young minds.

The study “found that this improvement [cognitive development] followed different trajectories depending on whether a school was located in an area with high or low levels of traffic-related pollutants such as elemental carbon, nitrogen dioxide, and ultrafine particle matter.”